MILPER Number: 17-221
Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) United States Military Academy Assignment Opportunities
B. AR 350-100, (Officer Active Duty Service Obligations) 8 August 2007
C. AR 621-7, (Army Fellowship and Scholarships) 8 August 2007
D. AR, 621-5, (Army Continuing Education System) 11 July 2006
E. AR 614-100, (Officer Assignment Policies, Details and Transfers) 10 January 2006
1. THIS MILPER Message will expire NLT 1 year from issuance.
2. The purpose of this message is to announce officer assignment opportunities at the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point, NY. A West Point assignment is open to Army officers from any branch, commissioning source, nationality, race, and gender. It is a rewarding broadening experience that provides officers an opportunity to pursue an advanced schooling degree so that they are prepared for the important strategic mission of developing the Army’s future leaders that graduate from West Point. West Point staff and faculty represent some of the best talent in the Army, integrating diverse attributes, experiences, and backgrounds of its officers in ways that enhance achievement of the Academy’s mission.
West Point Mission: “To educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of Duty, Honor, Country and prepared for a career of professional excellence and service to the Nation as an officer in the United States Army.”
3. Most West Point assignments provide officers an opportunity to earn an advanced degree, attained by attending an approved Advanced Civilian Schooling (ACS) program. Successful applicants must be able to articulate how the broadening opportunities of a graduate education and follow-on faculty or staff assignment will further enable them to contribute to the Army after the end of their West Point tour. Assignments to West Point are unique and valued opportunities that contribute to an officer’s professional development.
4. Example of West Point assignments
a. West Point Academic Department Faculty: Applicants must have a strong commitment to the educational, military, physical and ethical development of cadets. Faculty members focus their efforts on teaching cadets, advancing scholarship through research, supporting cadet development outside the classroom, being developed as faculty by some of the top civilian academics in the nation, and providing service to the Academy, Army, academic disciplines, and the nation. In addition to developing the Army’s future leaders, West Point views the departure of the Staff and Faculty at the conclusion of their assignment as the second graduating class. In many ways, the entire experience of graduate school coupled with serving on West Point’s faculty provides a broadening experience like none other. There is very high demand for officers who have had the privilege of teaching at the Academy to serve at all levels throughout the Army. Most faculty typically establish a research agenda as part of their ACS graduate school experience. Engaging with their community of practice while assigned to the West Point faculty allows them to mature the research with the objective of contributing intellectual capital both to the Army and to their respective disciplines. Direct hire assignments are also available to officers who already possess a Master’s degree or PhD in an appropriate discipline. A list of academic departments can be found at: http://www.usma.edu/academics/departments/sitepages/home.aspx.
b. Eisenhower Leader Development Program (ELDP). The Brigade Tactical Department and the USMA Preparatory School (USMAPS), in conjunction with the Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership, seek branch-qualified (or soon-to-be branch-qualified) captains for assignment as company tactical officers, regardless of commissioning source. Local USMA boards convene in December 2017 to make selections for officers to begin ELDP on 31 May 2019. All inbound tactical officers attending ELDP receive orders to the West Point Student Detachment, New York 10996, with a report date of 27 May 2019. Tactical officers receive academic instruction at both West Point and the Teacher’s College-Columbia University, New York City, New York. Officers selected as future tactical officers receive priority housing placement.
c. Department of Military Instruction (DMI). The Department of Military Instruction seeks high-caliber active duty Army officers in the grade of O3 and O4 to serve as instructors within DMI. Officers within DMI train, educate, and inspire the Corps of Cadets in the foundational military competencies required to win in a complex world. Applicants must be either currently in, or have completed, key developmental (KD) assignments and be branch qualified in their current grade. Officers interested in serving in DMI should apply in the West Point Web Enabled Selection and Tracking (WEST) [referenced in paragraph 6] NLT 15 September 2017 in order to start ACS in Fall 2018 and begin their tour in DMI starting in Fall 2019. Officers selected for assignment within DMI will attend a one-year, degree-producing resident program at a school such as Georgetown, Columbia, or Fordham. Following ACS graduation, officers will serve within DMI for two or three years, depending on personal career timeline requirements, and then return to the operational Army. This will be a recurring program, so DMI encourages applicants with availability after Fall 2018 to apply for a Fall 2019 ACS start. Officers that start ACS in Fall 2019 will begin their tour within DMI in Fall 2020. DMI also welcomes high-performing officers to submit applications to be considered for immediate assignment as a “direct hire.” Contact MAJ Ethan Olberding at email@example.com for additional information within DMI.
d. Defense and Strategic Studies Program (DSS) and Modern War Institute (MWI). DSS and MWI within DMI seek high-caliber active duty Army officers in the grade of O3 and O4 (1 x FA59, 1 x 18A, 1 x Branch Immaterial [O1A]) to serve as instructors. DSS Cadets study national policy, military strategy, operational art and the use of force to understand, analyze and effectively communicate the relation of tactical action to national policy. Applicants must be either currently in, or have completed, key developmental (KD) assignments and be branch qualified in their current grade. Officers selected for assignment within DSS/MWI will attend a one-year, or two-year degree-producing resident program at schools such as Yale, Georgetown, Columbia, Tufts, Johns Hopkins, and Princeton beginning Fall Semester of 2019. Following graduation, officers will serve within DSS/MWI for two or three years, depending on personal career timeline requirements, and then return to the operational Army. This will be a recurring program, so DSS/MWI encourages applicants with availability after Fall 2019 to apply. Contact MAJ Curtis Kimbrell at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions concerning the DSS/MWI programs.
e. Simon Center for the Professional Military Ethic (SCPME). The Simon Center for the Professional Military Ethic invites high-performing active duty Army officers in the grade of O3 and O4 to compete for a position as an instructor for MX400, the Academy’s capstone course in Officership. Applicants must be either currently in, or have completed, key developmental (KD) assignments and be branch qualified in their current grade. Selected officers will attend a one-year, degree-producing resident program at a school such as Columbia, Harvard, or Yale beginning Fall Semester of 2018. Upon graduation, they will join SCPME and serve as MX400 instructors for two or three years, based on their individual career timeline, and then return to the operational Army. This will be a recurring program, so applicants with availability later than Fall 2018 may still apply. The Simon Center also welcomes applicants who already possess advanced degrees and can be considered for immediate assignment to SCPME as a “direct hire.” Contact LTC Charles Faint at email@example.com if you have questions related to this program.
f. West Point Staff. In addition to the faculty positions, there are a limited number of West Point staff vacancies available annually, some of which do not require an advanced education degree. Applicants should apply through the West Point WEST application system provided in paragraph 6, and submission of the application will go to the office of the adjutant general.
g. Army Cyber Institute. The Army Cyber Institute is seeking officers in the grade of O3 to O5 to attend Advanced Civil School with a follow on assignment at the Army Cyber Institute, in support of cutting edge cyber related research. Upon completion of their qualifying ACS program, individuals will serve either two or three years based upon their individual career timeline. The Army Cyber Institute is a multi-disciplinary team of military and civilian researchers with opportunities to teach within the West Point academic departments. There are positions available for officers in the following branches and functional areas: CY, 01A, FA29, FA30, FA37, FA49, FA51, and FA57. Direct Hire opportunities also exist for all positions, advanced degrees preferred. Contact LTC Daniel Huynh at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions related to this program. Current selection board is for applicants to begin Advanced Civil Schooling for either a Master’s Degree or PhD in Fall of 2019.
5. All applications for positions at West Point are accepted through the West Point Web Enabled Selection and Tracking (WEST) system located at:
6. Each year, the Officer Personnel Management Directorate (OPMD) approves Advanced Civilian Schooling (ACS) allocations to support graduate school requirements for West Point. Below are the ACS application deadlines:
a. NLT 1 December 2017 – West Point departments review applications received through WEST.
b. NLT 30 March 2018 – All candidates notified of board outcome by the respective sections/departments.
c. NLT 22 May 2018 – Receive submission of fall semester ACS applications to West Point.
d. NLT 13 July 2018 – Selected candidates nominated by West Point for academic faculty positions are confirmed by West Point and HRC, and are notified to begin their graduate school application process.
e. NLT 24 October 2018 – Receive submission of ACS applications for ELDP and spring semester ACS applications to West Point departments.
7. Officers interested in competing for West Point assignments must meet the below minimum requirements for consideration:
a. Minimum of four years of commissioned service and not more than 17 years Active Federal Service (AFS) upon entry into the ACS program. The target year groups for ELDP (to apply NLT 1 December 2017 and start school in June 2019) are 2011, 2012, 2013. The target year group for instructor assignments is 2012 (2010 or 2011 year groups may receive consideration if professional timeline permits).
b. Agree to serve an Active Duty Service Obligation (ADSO) of three days for every one day of schooling upon degree completion. Officers will serve either a two or three-year utilization at the United States Military Academy and the remainder of the ADSO at the needs of the Army.
c. Officers will complete officer education and branch qualification at current grade as outlined by DA PAM 600-3, Commissioned Officer Professional Development and Career Management before reporting in June 2019. Officers should be able to articulate a timeline that demonstrates that assignment at West Point is compatible with remaining competitive in their basic branches or functional areas. Application and selection to a functional area under the VTIP might affect your selection for a position at West Point if previous coordination was with an officer’s basic branch. This basis for this limitation is a low available officer population and lengthy functional area training and qualification requirements.
d. Undergraduate degree GPA of 2.5 or better with a special aptitude for a specific subject to be taught. All masters level applicants must have GRE scores within the last 5-years in their ACS nomination packet, regardless of whether or not the university requires a GRE for admission. GRE scores must be a minimum of 144 quantitative, 153 verbal and 4.0 analytical.
e. Have demonstrated potential for future, long term military service as determined by HRC and IAW AR 621-1 Para 3-3c. Meet all Army standards for military bearing, not pending adverse action and appearance IAW AR 600-9. Leadership qualities, excellent character, military bearing and appearance evaluated through chain of command recommendations. Communication or memorandums of recommendation from other parties on behalf of the officer should be addressed to the respective West Point department personnel officer.
f. Candidates are responsible for ensuring their official military photo and Officer Record Brief (ORB) are up-to-date.
8. Officers enrolled in the Married Army Couple Program (MACP) are strongly encouraged to submit applications for both service members. West Point staff and tenant organizations assigned to the military installation at West Point are extremely limited in their ability to absorb additional personnel.
9. Officers interested in an assignment with a particular department or activity at West Point may contact the department representatives for information on the requirements and projected vacancies at http://www.usma.edu/jobs/sitepages/home.aspx.
10. HRC point of contact for coordinating West Point assignments is the officer’s HRC assignment officer at: https://www.hrc.army.mil/officer/officer%20personnel%20management%20directorate.
All applications for positions at West Point are accepted through the West Point Web Enabled Selection and Tracking (WEST) system located at:
General questions pertaining to USMA assignment opportunities can be sent to mailto:email@example.com